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No orange passports for now!!!

No orange passports for now!!!

No orange passports for now!!!
January 31
05:21 2018
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) reversed its decision to issue a separate orange-coloured passport to people needing emigration check. It also said that it would continue printing personal details on the last page of the booklet. The decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

 

Earlier, the Government has dicided to issue passport with organge coloured jacket to persons with ECR status. This was done to help them on a priority basis. But, after discussions with various stakeholders, the government has decided to continue with the current practice.

“the MEA has received several individual and collective representations requesting to reconsider these two decisions… the decision of the MEA on both these issues was reviewed in the light of these representations,” an official release said.

“The MEA has decided to continue with the current practice of printing of the last page of the passport and not to issue a separate passport with orange colour jacket to ECR passport holders”, the release further said.

The Centre’s decision to issue orange coloured passports was criticized for being discriminatory towards people with low educational and economic status. On Tuesday, Kerala High Court too has issued a notice to the Government in connection with a PIL that challenged the segregation.

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